“Satan, a defeated foe”

 Satan, a defeated foe…
Editor-Publisher
“Heavenly Notes”
May 2007

In counseling we often hear from the counselee (believer) that he/she feels “defeated” and cannot get a grasp on Romans 12:31 “If God is for us, who can be against us? Because they carry around old baggage of their belief of “Satan’s control” over their lives and the misunderstanding of doctrine, sin, and God’s providence and sovereignty, they feel defeated.  Thus, I encourage my students to “dig deeper” in the Scriptures and theology so that they are not confused by erroneous teaching and thus “take away” God’s attributes and the truth that the Evil One and his minions have no part or parcel, dominion or control over God’s children.  We are “reigning with Christ” in the heavenlies and are indwelt by His Holy Spirit.  We are empowered by His Holy Spirit and commanded to “do all things to the glory of God” by His grace. We are counseled to “put off” the old man and his sinful ways (the old nature) and “put on Christ” (the new man created in true holiness).  Thus we can rejoice as the Scripture say and, “rejoice always and again I say rejoice”!  Why?  Because we belong to Christ.  Here are a few excellent reasons from Dr. Adams to encourage you: 

  “A soldier of the cross is on the winning side.  The enemy has already been defeated.  Christ has thoroughly routed him by His sacrificial death, bodily resurrection, and ascension to power and glory.  Satan’s condition, since the cross, is described as follows: 

  1. He is “bound”:  Mark 3:27; Luke 11:20; Revelation 20:6ff 
  2.  His power is restricted and restrained”  II Thessalonians 2:6ff
  3. He has been rendered “powerless over believers”:  Hebrews 2:14
  4.  He is defeated, disarmed, and spoiled.  Colossians 2:15; Revelation 12:7ff; Mark 3:27
  5.  He has “fallen” and was “thrown down”: Luke 10:18; Revelation 12:9
  6.  His kingdom has been replaced by God’s:  Daniel 7; Luke 11:20
  7.  He had a short furious time of activity in the first century that has ceased:  Revelation 12:12
  8.  He was “crushed” under the foot of the early Christians:  Romans 16:20
  9.   He has lost “authority” over Christians: Colossians 1:13
  10.  He cannot “touch” a Christian: 1 John 5:18
  11. His works have been destroyed:  1 John 3:8
  12.  He has “nothing”:  John 14:30
  13.  He must “flee” when “resisted”:  James 4:7
  14.  His [Satan’s] minions, likewise, have been cast out, subject to the authority of Christians, overcome by them [Christians], bound in chains, etc. (Cf. Matthew 10-12; Mark 1:27; 6:7; Luke 9:1; 10:19; I John 4:4; Jude 6; Revelation 12:9, etc.) Satan truly is a defeated foe.  His power over unbelievers still is great:  the “whole world lies in the evil one” (1 John 5:19); he can “take them captive at his will” (II Timothy 2:26).  Yet this no longer is true of the believer.  Thus, the Christian by God’s grace (help) can overcome evil [in his/her own life] and is exhorted to do so (Romans 12:21).” 1/ 

Satan works through “the children of disobedience” but has no power of any kind over you.  You are free in Christ to love and obey Him and you have His Holy Spirit to do “all things” well.  Be encouraged and empowered by these thoughts!  When God is for us, truly “who can be against us”? No one, No thing, No evil, No Satan, No nothing…You are “overcomers” and have the power of Christ…rejoice and walk in it! 

“While God is for us, and we keep in His love, we may with a holy boldness defy all the powers of darkness. Let Satan do his worst, he is chained; let the world do its worst, it is conquered: principalities and powers are spoiled and disarmed, and triumphed over, in the cross of Christ. Who then dares fight against us, while God Himself is fighting for us?”_Matthew Henry 

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.   For whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be the First-born among many brothers.  But whom He predestinated, these He also called; and whom He called, those He also justified. And whom He justified, these He also glorified.  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Truly He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?  Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is he condemning? It is Christ who has died, but rather also who is raised, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For Your sake we are killed all the day long. We are counted as sheep of slaughter.” But in all these things we more than conquer through Him who loved us.  For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:28-39

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1/Jay E. Adams, “The Christian Counselor’s Manual: Baker Book House, 1983

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